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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Giugno 22, 2000 at 20:21:27:
XINHUA NEWS AGENCY (China) 20 June 00 Island of Snakes Doubled Growth of Snake Population
Snake Island in northeast China's Liaoning Province has reported a doubled number of pallas pit vipers over the past decade.
More than 18,000 such snakes are now living on the island near the port city of Dalian, said Zhang Jiucheng, an official in charge of the National Nature Reserve of Snake Island and Mount Laotieshan.
The number of the snakes has been increasing by three percent annually during recent years.
The 0.73-square-kilometer Snake Island is home to the pallas pit viper. The spring and autumn seasons will be feast festivals to snakes as some two million migratory birds stop on the island.
The snakes will take sleeps both in Summer and Winter.
The number of pallas pit vipers on the island has once declined due to a fire broken out before 1980s and fishermen's hunting. Besides, Chinese researchers have found out that the sewer rats could be a big threat to pallas pit vipers in winter.
The nature reserve administration therefore has launched an anti- sewer rats campaign to protect the snakes.
It is suggested that the Island not develop tourism to avoid human interference of the snakes' peaceful life.